Category: Anniversary

Get your portrait at the park and support the Friends

Get your forever Park Portrait – family, social circle, you and your partner, yourself, or you and your pet – and support the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park

Have you read about pandemic “porch portraits”? Here’s our version: Park Portraits, a way to remember a summer like no other, and to support the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park.

Gather your family, partner or your social circle. Or come by yourself, and maybe bring a pet. Book a time online, and our portrait photographer Enrique Baniqued will take your portrait in our attractive park setting.

The cost is $25 per portrait, with proceeds to support the activities of Friends of Sorauren Park.* You’ll have the option to contribute more if you like.

Park Portraits are part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Sorauren Park. If you like, you can also choose to have your portrait featured on our Sorauren Park social media channels (opt-in) as part of the celebration.

You’ll receive a high-quality, high-resolution digital file. As an option, we have made arrangements with Envoy Business Services Roncesvalles and Prints Charming for printing and framing. We’ll send the file for printing and framing, and notify you when it’s ready. You’ll pay the additional fee at pick-up.

Costs:
Digital high-resolution portrait file: $25 minimum contribution (paid online at time of booking)
Option: Hard-copy print at Envoy, sizes 4 x 6, 5 x 7, or 8 x 10, $1.00 each, or 11 x 14, $1.25, on card stock (paid at pick-up)
Option: 4 x 6, 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 frames $25-$45/frame; 11 x 14 frames $35-$80/frame at Prints Charming (paid at pick-up)

Booking Dates & Times
Monday, August 31: Book between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2: Book between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Book using our online form.

Portrait sessions will last 10 minutes and your exact time will be confirmed via email on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive 10 minutes before your confirmed time and practice physical distancing from other groups and the photographer.

Location:ALL PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN at the bench on the south side of the baseball diamond, near the Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue.

Book your memorable Park Portrait today!

*Friends of Sorauren Park is a non-profit community group that has fundraised to develop the Fieldhouse, the Town Square and the bake oven. In ordinary years, the Friends provides free programming at the park including outdoor movies, the natural ice rink, and festivals. We run communications channels to promote park activities and news, and have advocated for the new Wabash Community Centre for more than 10 years. This year, thanks to donors and a Canada Summer Job grant, the Friends were able to hire two summer student interns to produce Sorauren Stories, an ongoing video series bringing park life to a screen near you. We look forward to resuming regular programming asap!

Support free programming at Sorauren Park

The non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park is dedicated to bringing free programming to the park, including the Outdoor Movie series, the natural ice rink, last year’s 20th anniversary celebration,  and last summer’s Tragically Hip concert broadcast live. We also support the Pumpkin Parade and run an annual gardening event.

We’re also dedicated to advocating for the completion of the park, including the new community centre (add your keychain to the hundreds on the fence!) and the forthcoming bake oven.

But we can’t do it without your support. You can donate online to support our activities, or feel free to “feed the hat” when we pass the hat at some of our events.

Thanks for supporting Sorauren Park!

Photo of activities at the park including concerts, skating, celebrations

Support free programming at Sorauren Park with your donation. Every dollar counts.

Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary in pictures

Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary, Sept. 26, 2015

Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary, Sept. 26, 2015. Photo by Erin Hatfield

Ready for dinner: the community table on Wabash Avenue

Ready for dinner: the community table on Wabash Avenue. Photo by Wabash Building Society

Community dining table on Wabash Avenue served by nine superb food vendors from the community

Community dining table on Wabash Avenue served by nine superb food vendors from the community. Photo by Erin Hatfield

The Monkey Bunch kicking things off on the Main Stage on the Sorauren Town Square

The Monkey Bunch kicking things off on the Main Stage on the Sorauren Town Square. Photo by Wabash Building Society

Enjoying the show (and looking forward to the movie) on the Town Square. Photo by Wabash Building Society

Enjoying the show (and looking forward to the movie) on the Town Square. Photo by Wabash Building Society

View to the amazing Kids Zone. Photo by Erin Hatfield

View to the amazing Kids Zone. Photo by Erin Hatfield

The Noodle Maze in the Kids Zone. Does it get any better? Photo by Erin Hatfield

The Noodle Maze in the Kids Zone. Does it get any better? Photo by Erin Hatfield

The Fish Pond in the Kids Zone. Wait for the underwater GoPro footage! Photo by Erin Hatfield

The Fish Pond in the Kids Zone. Wait for the underwater GoPro footage! Photo by Erin Hatfield

Artist completing the Community Mural. Photo by Erin Hatfield

Artist completing the Community Mural. Photo by Erin Hatfield

Entries for the 20th Anniversary Cake Decorating Contest. Photo by Wabash Building Society.

Entries for the 20th Anniversary Cake Decorating Contest. Photo by Wabash Building Society.

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Seamless Fiction rocking it on the Main Stage. Photo by Jorge Miguel.

Keyboardist Emilyn Stam, fiddler Anne Lederman and caller Ivy Mairi set the pace for square dancing in the Town Square. Photo by Jorge Miguel

Keyboardist Emilyn Stam, fiddler Anne Lederman and caller Ivy Mairi set the pace for square dancing in the Town Square. Photo by Jorge Miguel

Multi-generational square dancing lights up the Town Square. Photo by Jorge Miguel.

Multi-generational square dancing lights up the Town Square. Photo by Jorge Miguel.

Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo presents a plaque to outgoing Wabash Building Society chair Doug Bennet and incoming chair Joël Campbell

Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo presents a plaque to outgoing Wabash Building Society chair Doug Bennet and incoming chair Joël Campbell. Photo by Jorge Miguel.

Full moon rises over the Paul James Bank rocking the Town Square as the movie warms up. Photo by Wabash Building Society.

Full moon rises over the Paul James Bank rocking the Town Square as the movie warms up. Photo by Wabash Building Society.

Sorauren Park: The Epic Trailer from 20th Anniversary

Those attending the outdoor movie “Jumanji” at the Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary on Sept. 26 were in for a surprise: the epic Sorauren Park trailer, promoting the last 20 years and the forthcoming Wabash Community Centre.

Now it’s posted here for the world to enjoy. Watch it full screen. Turn up the audio.

Special thanks to Stephen Dorsey, Wabash Building Society director and our trailer producer extraordinaire.

Sorauren Park: the days after tomorrow from DORSEY STUDIOS on Vimeo.

Thank you for a wonderful 20th Anniversary party!

Enjoying the music in the Town Square

Enjoying the music in the Town Square

Thanks to everyone for making the Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary celebration such a big success.

Thanks to our partners and sponsors without whom the event would not have happened.

Thanks to the volunteers who put in long shifts and brought vision, passion, expertise and care.

Thanks to the performers, emcees and VIPs who entertained us and graced us with their presence.

Thanks to our vendors who provided great service. Thanks to our partners at the City of Toronto.

Big thanks to Mother Nature for spectacular late September weather. (Phew!)

But mostly, thanks to you for coming and enjoying the evening.

Watch this space for more event photos. Up next: 11th annual Pumpkin Parade.

Full moon rises over the Town Square, the Paul James Band, and the crowd getting ready for the outdoor movie, the 1995 classic Jumanji

Full moon rises over the Town Square, the Paul James Band, and the crowd getting ready for the outdoor movie, the 1995 classic Jumanji